German sawn timber and glulam producer Holzwerk Gebr Schneider GmbH is spending €30m building a large wood fibre insulation manufacturing plant.

Construction of the new 250,000m³ capacity plant will start mid-February and production will start in December.

Schneider, which can trace its roots back to 1911, has traditionally produced structural wood, including carcassing, KVH finger-jointed timber, glulam and lamimated ceiling elements.

But, despite the recession, it managed to increase sales in 2009 to about €50m, with 160,000m³ of wood products produced and sold.

The addition of insulation board, both flexible and pressure-resistant types, is expected to boost the company’s annual turnover by about €30m by 2012, with employee numbers rising from 200 to 250.

At the same time, Schneider is investing in its solid timber operations, with additional dryers being installed and KVH production being expanded with a second production line and a further sorting line. It investment in solid wood totals about €3m.

Dieffenbacher is supplying the machinery for the production press.